Bärbel Höhn

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Bärbel Höhn
Member of the Federal Diet of Germany
Assumed office
Minister for Agriculture of Northrhine-Westphalia
In office
July 17, 1995 – June 24, 2005
Preceded by Klaus Matthiesen
Succeeded by Eckhard Uhlenberg
Member of the North Rhine-Westphalia House of Deputies
In office
Personal details
Born (1952-05-04) May 4, 1952 (age 62)
Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein
Nationality German
Political party Alliance '90/The Greens
Alma mater University of Kiel
Profession Economist
Website www.baerbel-hoehn.de

Bärbel Höhn (born May 4, 1952) is a German politician for Alliance '90/The Greens. She has been a member of the Bundestag since the German federal election, 2005, after serving as Minister of Agriculture of Northrhine-Westphalia from 1995 to 2005.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Flensburg, Höhn attended the University of Kiel, majoring in mathematics and economics, and earned her Diplom in 1976. From 1978 to 1990 she was a research assistant at the University of Duisburg-Essen.

Political career[edit]

In 1985 Höhn joined Alliance '90/The Greens, and gained a seat in the Landtag of North Rhine-Westphalia in 1990.

State Minister for Environment and Agriculture in North Rhine-Westphalia, 1995-2005[edit]

In the fifth cabinet of Johannes Rau, Höhn became Minister for Environment and Agriculture, serving in that position under Rau's successor Wolfgang Clement until 2005. In that capacity, she played a leadership role in Europe’s response to the mad cow disease epidemic in 2001,[1] improved consumer rights and promoted energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy.[2] Höhn has long criticized the industrial production methods of German farmers.[3]

Member of the German Bundestag, 2005-[edit]

Höhn was nominated for the German Bundestag and gained a seat in the 2005 federal election. She served as vice-chair of the Green Party's parliamentary group and headed the its working group on environmental, energy, transport, agricultural and consumer policy.[4] Since 2005, she has also been the deputy chairwoman of the German-Brazilian Parliamentary Friendship Group.

Since 2014, Höhn has been chairwoman of the Committee on the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Having participated in various UN climate conferences, she is a regular speaker at international climate and energy conventions.[5]

Following the 2013 federal elections, Höhn stated that agreeing to a coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel would be a “kamikaze” act for the Green Party.[6] Exploratory coalition talks with Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union ended soon after, without results.

Only a few days before a trip to the 2014 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Lima, the Ecuadorian government banned a parliamentary delegation led by Höhn from entering the country. Höhn and her group had planned to visit the Yasuni National Park and meet with people opposed to drilling there.[7][8]

Other activities[edit]

  • German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU), Member of the Board of Trustees
  • GLOBE Germany, Member of the Board
  • Development and Peace Foundation (SEF), Member of the Board of Trustees (2005-2009)

External links[edit]

Media related to Bärbel Höhn at Wikimedia Commons


  1. ^ German Farms Placed Under Quarantine After Foot-and-Mouth Antibodies Appear Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2001.
  2. ^ Bärbel Höhn German Conference at Harvard, February 14-15, 2014.
  3. ^ Cecilie Rohwedder (January 10, 2001), German Health, Agriculture Ministers Resign on Criticism of Mad-Cow Work Wall Street Journal.
  4. ^ Bärbel Höhn German Conference at Harvard, February 14-15, 2014.
  5. ^ Bärbel Höhn German Conference at Harvard, February 14-15, 2014.
  6. ^ Alan Crawford and Stefan Nicola (October 10, 2013), German Greens Poised to Rebuff Merkel’s Coalition Overtures Bloomberg.
  7. ^ Greta Hamann (December 7, 2014), MPs' Ecuador trip canceled over drilling row Deutsche Welle.
  8. ^ Andreas Mihm (December 12, 2014), Einreiseverbot für Abgeordnete: Bestrafung Ecuadors gefordert Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.